|Putting our communication training to use on camera
Last year, we met in Albuquerque for Phase I and then took our training out into our communities. My projects included a media training for dairy students at the Western ADSA-SAD meeting, a communications seminar at the national American Dairy Science Association meeting, consumer interviews and maintaining my blog, among other assignments.
I am so glad I made an impulsive decision a few years ago to apply to be in YDLI. I would recommend other young dairy folks do the same. You won't regret it!
The week started with a tour of a dairy near Albuquerque, followed by wine tasting at a local winery. We have such an awesome class and it was so much fun to see them all again.
|Cute calves in their hutches
|Having a camera and lights in your face is nerve wracking! YDLI gave us the skills to feel more comfortable and confident in these situations. Here, we are discussing animal care.
|We each took on a different role (I was a concerned consumer) to discuss hot topics in the dairy industry during our three minutes in front of legislators (our advisors, see below).
The conflict management techniques we learned are very applicable in a personal or professional setting.
|Hurst and Maxwell debating animal welfare issues
Check our my friend and YDLI classmate Kerry's blog for more about our Saturday night Chile Cookoff!
We also heard from several inspirational speakers and had a little downtime in the evening to visit with others in our class.
Again, I am SO grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this great program. I wish I could do this every year! Check out my other YDLI blog post from this week for more photos.